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Itafos Announces Chief Financial Officer

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HOUSTON, Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Itafos Inc. (TSX-V: IFOS) (“Itafos” or the “Company”) announced today the appointment of Matthew O’Neill as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”). Mr. O’Neill succeeds George Burdette who is stepping down from his role as CFO to pursue other interests.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew O’Neill as our new CFO. Matthew brings a wealth of experience and expertise in all aspects of finance and will be instrumental as we look to continue to execute on our strategic initiatives. On behalf of the Company, I would also like to thank Mr. Burdette for his service and contributions,” said G. David Delaney, CEO of Itafos.

Mr. O’Neill is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in financial management, corporate development, planning, treasury, insurance, risk management and financial reporting. During his career, Mr. O’Neill has raised in excess of $7 billion in capital across both US and international markets. Prior to joining Itafos, Mr. O’Neill served as CFO at Hawkwood Energy LLC (“Hawkwood Energy”), a private equity backed oil and gas company, where he has responsible for all aspects of financial management. Prior to Hawkwood Energy, Mr. O’Neill held roles including Group Financial Controller and General Manager for the treasury, tax and insurance functions at Oil Search Limited. Prior to that, Mr. O’Neill worked at Woodside Petroleum Limited where he held multiple positions including Group Planning Manager, Assistant Treasurer and Finance Manager. Mr. O’Neill also worked for BHP Billiton Limited where he held various finance roles of increasing seniority. Mr. O’Neill began his career in accounting and audit, having served at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Mr. O’Neill holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

In connection with his appointment as CFO, Mr. O’Neill received a grant of 82,230 restricted share units under the Company’s restricted share unit plan.

About Itafos

The Company is a phosphate and specialty fertilizer company. The Company’s businesses and projects are as follows:

  • Conda – a vertically integrated phosphate fertilizer business located in Idaho, US with production capacity as follows:

    • approximately 550kt per year of monoammonium phosphate (“MAP”), MAP with micronutrients (“MAP+”), superphosphoric acid (“SPA”), merchant grade phosphoric acid (“MGA”) and ammonium polyphosphate (“APP”); and

    • approximately 27kt per year of hydrofluorosilicic acid (“HFSA”);

  • Arraias – a vertically integrated phosphate fertilizer business located in Tocantins, Brazil with production capacity as follows:

    • approximately 500kt per year of single superphosphate (“SSP”) and SSP with micronutrients (“SSP+”); and

    • approximately 40kt per year of excess sulfuric acid (220kt per year gross sulfuric acid production capacity);

  • Farim – a high-grade phosphate mine project located in Farim, Guinea-Bissau;

  • Santana – a vertically integrated high-grade phosphate mine and fertilizer plant project located in Pará, Brazil; and

  • Araxá – a vertically integrated rare earth elements and niobium mine and extraction plant project located in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

In addition to the businesses and projects described above, the Company also owns Paris Hills (Idaho, US) and Mantaro (Junin, Peru), which are phosphate mine projects that are in process of being wound down.

The Company is a Delaware corporation that is headquartered in Houston, TX. The Company’s shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSX-V”) under the ticker symbol “IFOS”. The Company’s principal shareholder is CL Fertilizers Holding LLC (“CLF”). CLF is an affiliate of Castlelake, L.P., a global private investment firm.

For more information, or to join the Company’s mailing list to receive notification of future news releases, please visit the Company’s website at www.itafos.com.

Forward-Looking Information

Certain information contained in this news release constitutes forward-looking information. All information other than information of historical fact is forward-looking information. The use of any of the words “intend”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “would”, “believe”, “predict” and “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information. This information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. No assurance can be given that this information will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon.

Forward-looking information is subject to a number of risks and other factors that could cause actual results and events to vary materially from that anticipated by such forward-looking information. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those risk factors set out in the Company’s annual information form and other disclosure documents available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.itafos.com. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks, uncertainties and assumptions are not exhaustive. The forward-looking information included in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and is made as of the date of this news release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information except as required by applicable securities laws.

NEITHER THE TSX-V NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX-V) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS NEWS RELEASE.

For further information, please contact:

Matthew O’Neill
Itafos Investor Relations
investor@itafos.com
713-242-8446